Gareth Thomas (footballer/rugby) Comes Out.

  • J450N

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    Dec 22, 2009 5:10 AM GMT
    This is such a great story.

    Its kind of coincidental that I just finished reading "Tigers and Demons" - Sean Kennedy Which is about a gay footballer coming out well more like found out. It depicts his story through his partner and how they overcome the media attention and how they deal with the positive and negative responses of the outing of their relationship. Great read! I highly recommend it!

    Back to Gareth Thomas, I'm very excited for the future of the sports world. Maybe a time will come when sexuality doesn't influence your talents on the field or any other sport.

    You can read his story here.

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/12/21/gareth-thomas-my-story-91466-25436416/
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 22, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    Good for him. The more guys in professional sports who come out to the public, the better. It's time to be proud of who we are and to be seen not only as great athletes but also as guys who happen to be gay, and there's nothing weird or amazing about being gay in sports.
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    There was a really positive section on BBC radio 2 today where they were talking about guys who had married for social reasons and then finally come out. It was really sensitive and well done.
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:31 PM GMT
    His story is excellent and he seems to describe it maturely. Thumbs up to him!
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    icon_eek.gif reruns! icon_lol.gif

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/756376/

    the same thread from a few days ago icon_biggrin.gif

    and if you like hockey ..

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/728715/
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    but good reruns... not like the fuckwitted healthcare threads that SomeBody keeps starting.

    Or the fuck awful photography thread that is G_enerated every few weeks.
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    In a strange way, I find his coming out a great deal more empowering than that of gay marriage being finally legalized in Mexico.

    He's not the first. But two things:

    1) He came out to a sport which has traditionally had the most homophobic supporters.

    2) He isn't retired.

    So way to go! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    Sedative saidIn a strange way, I find his coming out a great deal more empowering than that of gay marriage being finally legalized in Mexico.

    He's not the first. But two things:

    1) He came out to a sport which has traditionally had the most homophobic supporters.

    2) He isn't retired.

    So way to go! icon_biggrin.gif



    You think rugby is more homophobic that soccor?

    I have found most rugby groups in the UK to be more accepting of gay team mates than ANY other sport.

    There is a very heavy set comaraderie WITHIN rugby teams of a pack mentality, literally and figuratively.

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    Dec 22, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    Surfwarrior said

    You think rugby is more homophobic that soccor?

    I have found most rugby groups in the UK to be more accepting of gay team mates than ANY other sport.

    There is a very heavy set comaraderie WITHIN rugby teams of a pack mentality, literally and figuratively.



    Traditionally. icon_razz.gif Nowadays, the most homophobic sport award goes to American Football. Most sports based in Europe have become far less bigoted in the recent decades and yes are more tightly knit than the constantly traded heavily commercialized NFL (which I guess forces players to maintain that machismo so as not to appear weak to other players who they can't very well consider friends, knowing that they could be playing against each other in the future).

    I know two straight rugby fans from the UK. And yep, they're definitely far from homophobic. One is a construction foreman and is the quickest to defend me from homophobes online (we play the same multiplayer game).
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    American football seems worse than rugby, though ti could just be that attitudes in the USA are worse than in the UK....

    I hope that the guy has a wonderful Xmas... and, Gareth, if you are reading then send me an email ;)
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidAmerican football seems worse than rugby, though ti could just be that attitudes in the USA are worse than in the UK....

    I hope that the guy has a wonderful Xmas... and, Gareth, if you are reading then send me an email ;)


    Get in line!




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    Dec 22, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    Surfwarrior said
    Lostboy saidAmerican football seems worse than rugby, though ti could just be that attitudes in the USA are worse than in the UK....

    I hope that the guy has a wonderful Xmas... and, Gareth, if you are reading then send me an email ;)


    Get in line!




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    Dec 22, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    Interesting, I would have picked basketball as more homophobic than football. Not sure why though. I want to say that there is an out former professional football player on Real Jock (Esera Tuaolo) Maybe I imagined seeing his profile here. He came out in 2002. Given the mostly positive response I've seen to Gareth Thomas coming out, I'd be curious to hear what Mr. Tuaolo thinks about attitudes about gay athletes possibly changing.
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    Dec 22, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    I only watched rugby for those hot guys in their tight little uniforms. now I have more reasons to cheer !
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    Dec 22, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    there is a lot of homo phobics on this site...acceptance comes from within.